Over the past month we’ve published a handful of articles about the legacy of Frankenstein as part of our ongoing project Futurography, which introduces readers to a new technological or scientific topic each month. We’ve published articles on the problem with the idea of playing God, what A.I. researchers can learn from the novel, 19th-century debates over vivisection and vaccines, the history of the Franken- prefix, and more.
With that behind us, we’d like to hear about your thoughts. What do you think about these issues? What can we learn from this still-relevant book as it heads into its third century? And, of course, should our modern Frankensteinian monsters really be sexy?
Come back next month for a roundup of your responses. And get ready for our next unit, which looks at how you can defend yourself online.
This article is part of the Frankenstein installment of Futurography, a series in which Future Tense introduces readers to the technologies that will define tomorrow. Each month, we’ll choose a new technology and break it down. Future Tense is a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate.